Mapping & GIS

Geographic Information System (GIS) software is used to develop maps and undertake spatial analysis. A Geographic Information System is a collection of computer hardware, software and geographic data for capturing, storing, updating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

As time and resources permit, GPCOG staff provides mapping services to its member municipalities, and as part of its regional planning efforts, for a wide range of projects including economic development, natural resource protection, hazard mitigation, and transportation, transit and land-use planning.

GPCOG is also able to coordinate with state and regional partners on the acquisition of regional geospatial data.  The most recent project was GPCOG’s partnership with the State of Maine, USGS and member municipalities to coordinate the collection of high resolution orthoimagery.  By partnering on a region-wide or statewide scale, the data acquisition is collected at a reduced cost and buy-up options are often available.